Welcome to my website in which I show you how I grow great organic vegies in a water conserving raised garden bed with the help of a built in worm farm and pest exclusion devices. I also show you how I rotate these vegies in a 4 year 4 bed cycle. Check out my website 'Gardening with Ecobeds' which shows you how Ecobeds are made and how they grow food without using poisonous chemicals....................John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Latest Update 18th August 2017.
I sow carrots thinly twice a year in a group. I harvest them without thinning in bunches from one end.
I mostly steam or roast them in their skins or shred them onto salads
when they are small and succulent. As they get bigger they become an
important component in vegetable soups and casseroles.
grow slowly and can be harvested when required directly from the soil, pulling them out in small bunches to be
cooked and eaten right away.
You will not find sweeter carrots than those grown organically in your own garden, they are are a great source of dietary fibre and micronutrients.
I have grown Carrots for many years in my garden without significant pest problems.
Check out my blogpage
which explains how I maintain productivity in my Ecobeds. It describes
how soil is prepared prior to planting, the importance of rainwater in
Ecobeds, how to regulate the sun's intensity and how to feed plants
through their leaves.
Check out my blogpage which tells you when to sow seeds.
Remove the mulch from the prepared bed and rake the top 10mm of soil until it has a very fine structure and then add a 5mm layer of organic seed raising mix or finely sieved compost on top.
Combine half a teaspoonful of seed with fine sand in a large jar with a
perforated lid. Shake it up well and scatter the mixture on top of the
in a 300mm wide band. Apply a light covering of sieved compost or organic seed raising mix.
The sand helps controls the density and distribution of your carrots. Water
them in well and keep them moist until they germinate.
They take a lot longer than most vegetable seeds, so be patient.
When they are about 50mm tall, thin them out and leave them to grow.
Harvesting and Storage.
Start harvest them in small bunches as you need them from one end of the bed, and cover any exposed roots with soil or compost.
If you have planted
the right quantity, you will finish harvesting them just as they reach peak size and quality.
Harvest your carrots by grasping the foliage as close to their roots as possible and
carefully pull them out of the soil. Fill the hole left behind with
I don't peel carrots fresh from the garden, I cook them in their skins after removing soil with a vegetable brush.
To store carrots, clean and blanch them in boiling water for 2 minute. After cooling and drying them, store them in the freezer in resealable bags. Alternatively, if your climate allows, grow them all year round and store them in the soil until needed.
Organic Pest Control.
like most vegetables, are vulnerable to attack from certain pests in my
garden. My blog on "Controlling Garden Pests" explains a
little about these pests and what to do to protect plants from them. For details click on the appropriate link below.